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Recruitment #13-002005-001


By law, Department of Juvenile Services (DJS) is a child-serving agency responsible for assessing the individual needs of referred youth and providing intake, detention, probation, commitment, and after-care services. DJS collaborates with youth, families, schools, community partners, law enforcement, and other public agencies to coordinate services and resources to contribute to safer communities.

If you are looking for an exciting career in Behavioral Health with competitive pay, great benefits, as well as opportunity for advancement and professional growth – Apply to become a member of the DJS Team today!  DJS offers you a wide range of benefits such as medical and dental coverage, paid time off (i.e. vacation, sick leave), tuition reimbursement, continuing education offerings, license renewal reimbursement, state pension, supplemental retirement options (i.e. 401k, 457b etc.) and opportunity to be member of a state employee credit union.




Positions are located throughout the State of Maryland.  The recruitment is open and continuous and never closes.  Applications are accepted continuously and one can apply at any time.  Therefore, the resulting eligible list will be used to fill current and future vacancies in work locations listed above. When completing the application, please select all locations in which you are willing to work. 

Baltimore City Juvenile Justice Center – Baltimore City

Charles H. Hickey, Jr. School – Baltimore County

Victor Cullen Center – Frederick County

Cheltenham Youth Detention Center – Prince George’s County

Western Maryland Children’s Center – Washington County

Lower Eastern Shore Children’s Center - Wicomico County


A Social Worker Advanced, Criminal Justice is the advanced level of professional social work providing expert clinical and therapeutic social work services in behavioral health to the most clinically demanding youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Services.

DJS, on an ongoing basis, recruits to fill vacant Social Worker Advanced, Criminal Justice positions at the Department of Juvenile Services.    A Social Worker Advanced, Criminal Justice is the advanced level of professional social work providing expert clinical and therapeutic social work services in behavioral health to the most clinically demanding youth involved with the Department of Juvenile Services.  The social worker represents the Behavioral health team in the detention facility completing forensic and placement assessments and developing recommendations for services to youth that will meet their needs.


Education:   Determined by the State Board of Social Work Examiners under the licensing requirements for Social Workers.

Experience: Three years of experience providing clinical and therapeutic or other social work services through the application of the principles, methods and procedures of professional social work to clients requiring rehabilitative counseling or forensic social work services.


1. Candidates may substitute a Doctorate degree in social work from an accredited college or university for up to one year of the required experience.

2. Candidates may substitute U.S. Armed Forces military service experience at the rank of Corporal/Petty Officer or higher as a commissioned officer in Social Work classifications or Social Work specialty codes  in Social Science, Psychology or Welfare fields of work for the required experience.


Experience providing clinical services to an adolescent population with mental health or substance abuse issues.


1. Employees are required to be licensed as a Certified Social Worker-Clinical by the State Board of Social Work Examiners prior to appointment to a position in State service. Applicants who do not have a license may also apply pending receipt of the required license. When the license is obtained, submit a copy to the hiring department.

2. Employees in this classification may be assigned duties which require the operation of a motor vehicle. Employees assigned such duties will be required to possess a motor vehicle operator’s license valid in the State of Maryland.


1. Employees are required to meet mandatory standards for continuing education as determined by the hiring department. Employees who fail to obtain the required continuing education credits shall be subject to disciplinary action including demotion, suspension and dismissal.

2. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must complete an approved training program in group counseling techniques.

3. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services may be required to complete the Level I Counseling course certified by the Maryland AIDS Professional Education Center.

4. Employees of the Department of Juvenile Services must qualify for and successfully complete the Entry Level Training Academy operated by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commissions.


Applicants who meet the Minimum Qualifications will be placed on the eligible list categorized as BEST QUALIFIED. Candidates shall be certified to the eligible list for a period of one year.   This list will be used by the DJS hiring agency to select employees.


The assessment will be a rating of your application based on your education, training and experience as they relate to the requirements of the position.  Therefore it is essential that you provide complete and accurate information on your application.  Please report all related experience and education.  Please make sure that you provide sufficient information on your application to show that you meet the qualifications for this recruitment.  For education obtained outside the U.S., you will be required to provide proof of the equivalent American education as determined by a foreign credential evaluation service. 



The online application process is STRONGLY preferred.  However, if you are unable to apply online, you may mail a paper application and copy of your current license to the address below or fax a paper application and copy of your current license to the fax number below.  If you choose fax or regular mail you must include on each page of the attachment your first and last name, recruitment number that is located at the top of this bulletin and the last 4 digits of your social security number. Incorrect application forms will not be accepted.  

Maryland Department of Juvenile Services

Office of Human Resources

217 E. Redwood St., 15th floor

Baltimore, MD  21201

Attn:  Shavonne Holman

Fax number:  410-333-4188  

TTY  Users: call via Maryland Relay 

Should additional information regarding this recruitment be required, please, contact DJS Office of Human Resources at   Include the Recruitment Title/Number that is located at the top of the bulletin.

The resulting certified eligible list for this recruitment may be used for similar positions in this or other State agencies.

We thank our Veterans for their service to our country, and encourage them to apply.

As an equal opportunity employer Maryland is committed to recruiting, retaining and promoting employees who are reflective of the State’s diversity.

Bilingual applicants are encouraged to apply.

Click on a link below to apply for this position:

Fill out the Supplemental Questionnaire and Application NOW using the Internet. Apply Online
View and print the Supplemental Questionnaire. This recruitment requires completion of a supplemental questionnaire. You may view and print the supplemental questionnaire here.
Apply via Paper Application. You may also download and complete the Paper Application here.

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